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Gaza Terrorists Continue Rocket War, Test IDF’s Threats

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Terrorists from Hamas-ruled Gaza attacked southern Israel again Sunday morning with two more rockets that exploded in open areas and caused no damage or injuries.

Military officials said last week that Israel will not allow a return to the days of “tit-for-tat” retaliation, with Hamas and other terrorists launching a couple of rockets a day and Israel slapping them on the wrist with an attack on isolated “terror targets.”

The IDF so far has made good on its threat, bombing an Islamic Jihad terrorists while he was riding his motorcycle Sunday.

The military has not responded to Monday morning’s rocket attacks, but it is only a matter of hours before it does. The question is to what extent.

Israel Says Hamas’ Rivals Are Likely behind Latest Attacks

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Hamas probably is not responsible for the recent escalation of missile attacks on Israel and may even be trying to prevent them. However, it still will be the target of retaliation, a senior Israeli military officer told Reuters Thursday.

The officer, who was quoted on the basis of anonymity, said rival terrorist groups, smaller than Hamas, are likely behind the attacks.

The IDF routinely states that Hamas is responsible for all terrorist activity since it is the de facto authority in Gaza since it overthrew the rival Fatah terrorist faction nearly eight years ago.

Evidence of smaller groups was exposed by the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) on Wednesday, when it revealed that it arrested in December three Palestinian Authority terrorists, including the ringleader who tried to create the cell from his Israeli jail cell and was in contact with a Gaza terrorist  under the direction of Hamas.

The Holy Warriors Brigade, was financed and trained by Hamas, which in effect was a front for the cell, security officers said.

The IDF has suggested several times over the past two years that Hamas is losing control of Gaza and that  it is unable to influence other terrorist groups to increase or decrease attacks on Israel.

The latest round of missile attacks spiked with five launches towards Ashkelon late Wednesday night, with the Iron Dome system intercepting the incoming rockets.

“We won’t go back to a situation where three or four times a week the red alarm sounds in southern Israeli towns,” the military source told Reuters.

Hamas Terrorists in Ramallah Planned Rocket Attacks on Israel

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Israeli intelligence and security officers again have foiled an imminent plot against soldiers and civilians, this time by a Hamas cell in the Ramallah area that worked with partners in terror from Hamas.

The problem is who knows how many more terrorist cells have stayed under Israel’s radar? The IDF reported that last month there were hundreds of rock-throwing and firebombing attacks by Palestinian Authority Arabs who have not yet graduated to the stage of guns and knives.

One “graduate” stabbed to death a Jew from Samaria last on the, and the terrorist’s father said the 24-year-old murdered carried out “the duty of all Palestinians who suffer from the aggression of the army and the settlers,” stated al-Zaghal’s father, Ali al-Zaghal.

One day after the stabbing death of Eviatar Borovzky, father of five. The Fatah party, headed by IDF PA Chairman Mahmoud Abba, posted on its Facebook page praise for the terrorist.

The Hamas cell in the Ramallah area that was arrested by the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and the IDF is one of many that exist with the encouragement of Abbas’s party.

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and the IDF arrested the cell month earlier this year. The   arrests were announced in March, but details of the plots were not released until Wednesday, when indictments were filed.

The ringleader is a layer from a Ramallah village and who was identified as 26-year-old Ahmed Fahida, who worked with a Hamas terrorist from Gaza, named Ahmed Uda. Fahida’s mission to kidnap a soldier and use him for negotiations with Israel before killing him,

Fahida and another unnamed terrorist also were ready to collect weapons and build rockets and escalate the war against Israelis in Judea and Samaria and in urban centers.

Even a primitive Kassam rocket launched from Samaria could inflict huge damage and loss of life with a strike in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, or the Ben Gurion Airport. It also would cause political and diplomatic earthquake in Jerusalem and Washington.

Despite the success in stopping most major terrorist attacks, so far, the IDF has been at a loss to protect Israeli motorists on the roads.

A total of 615 rock-throwing attacks were reported in March. That is a rate of 20 a day and does not include dozens or hundreds of others that are not reported.

In addition, at least 72 firebombs were hurled at soldiers and civilians last month.

In the last week of April alone, 119 rock-throwing attacks and 18 firebomb attack were recorded.

Hamas and IDF Box it Out in Rocket ‘Game’ of Negev Roulette

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

Terrorists from Hamas-controlled Gaza attacked the Western Negev with a rocket Saturday night, and the IDF continued its “proportionate retaliation” policy by bombing a “terror training base” and weapons depot.

No injuries were reported in both strikes.

The missile attack on Israel exploded near a Lag B’Omer celebration, prompting military officials to temporarily shut the Kerem Shalom crossing.

The Air Force Sunday morning bombed the terrorist sites, and military spokesmen issued the routine notice, “The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli civilians, and will not allow for the reality before Pillar of Defense to take place again and threaten Israeli civilians. The Hamas terror organization is solely responsible for any terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza Strip.”

The reality actually is the opposite.

The government indeed does tolerate the rocket attacks. Terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula attacked the Eilat area last with rockets. The government retaliated by wagging its finger and tongue. It does not want to upset the Muslim Brotherhood establishment in Cairo.

Israel has a little more leeway with Hamas in Gaza but still “tolerates” them, so long as no one gets killed.

At least half a dozen rocket attacks from Gaza have taken place in the last month following several weeks of relative quiet after another “ceasefire.”

Officials in Jerusalem know full well that if it lashes Gaza with a powerful blow to stop the attacks, it will be thoroughly denounced for a “disproportionate” response.

The pawns in this Israeli version of “Negev Roulette” are the residents of the mostly rural area in the Western Negev and in the small towns of Netivot and Sderot.

The Kassam rocket has no guidance system. It usually falls in open areas, causing no apparent damage. Sometimes it hits a chicken barn. In any case, it keeps southern Israeli’s residents in a constant stage of trauma.

And sometimes a “primitive” rocket explodes smack in the middle of a populated area, such as a kindergarten. Or, if Hamas sees it has a political advantage to escalate the war, it has plenty of laser-guided missiles that can inflict heavy damage and casualties on Israel.

When that happens, God forbid, then the government gives the IDF to pulverize Gaza, knowing that the most the United nations and European Union can say in such a case is that “both sides should stop the escalation” and, of course, must lift the “siege,” which is the legal maritime blockade to prevent explosives, terrorists and weapons from being smuggled into Gaza by sea.

 

Hamas Attacks Sderot with Missile to Mark Holocaust Day

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

Gaza terrorists chose Holocaust Memorial Day to attack southern Israel with a missile that underlined President Shimon Peres’ message on Holocaust Memorial Day that “the journey for justice and freedom is not yet over.”

The rocket exploded in an open area, causing no injuries but interrupting a Holocaust Day ceremony as people scurried to a security shelter. The ceremony continued shortly afterwards.

Residents and police have not yet determined if the explosion cause property damage.

Israel responded “proportionately” last week to two rocket attacks on open areas in Sderot and the surrounding Sha’ar HaNegev region last week. The IDF bombed two terror sites without injuring anyone.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon last week repeated a years-long litany of threats that Israel will not remain silent in the face of rocket attacks.

Judging by last week’s response, Israel has not changed its policy not to upset the international community with “disproportionate” retaliation and instead continues to play Russian Roulette and wait for a Kassam missile, which has no guidance system, to fall in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The Trick Up Obama’s Sleeve Is an ‘Unannounced’ Freeze

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Palestinian Authority PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is willing to accept an “unannounced” freeze on building by Jews in Judea and Samaria as a lever to return to talks with Israel, The New York Times reported Thursday.

The newspaper, which often floats trial balloons for the Obama administration or reflects the government’s intentions, said it obtained a document written by PA negotiator Saeb Erekat in which it was stated that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu “can pledge to you secretly that he will stop settlement activities during the period of negotiation.”

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas forcefully attacked “illegal settlements’ at his joint press conference with President Barack Obama in Ramallah early Thursday afternoon, but President Obama explicitly said that Abbas cannot continue to demands that Israel accept all of his territorial and political demands before sitting down for “negotiations” when there is nothing left to negotiate.

The New York Times report will help President Obama put more pressure on Prime Minister Netanyahu to let both Abbas and the American government to climb down from the weak limb of the “peace process.” which has been the cornerstone of American involvement in the attempt by the Palestinian Authority to establish an independent country based on the Temporary Armistice Lines drawn in 1949, otherwise known as the Green Line.

The report in Times provides convenient pressure on Israel, and Israel’s Channel 2 star analyst Ehud Ya’ari said, almost on cue, that he thinks Israel should withdraw from most of Judea and Samaria.

He asserted that the United Nations would recognize the move, a dubious possibility considering that the General Assembly last November gave de facto recognition to the Palestinian Authority sovereignty over all of the land that Abbas demands.

With Obama having the media’s back and the Times’ report floating around the web, President Obama has all his cards in place for his speech to Israeli university students and guest at the Jerusalem Convention Center Thursday night.

He will be at his oratorical best and is bound to deliver a powerful speech playing on emotions that are evoked by recalling the Holocaust and the deaths of more than 22,000 Israeli soldiers in Arab wars.

The president probably will probably not miss the opportunity to make an obscene comparison between the Exodus of the Jewish People from slavery in Egypt, as retold on the Passover holiday next week, and the Arabs in the Palestinian Authority.

As a warm-up, Obama said in Ramallah that PA Arabs deserve “dignity” that it is prevented by the lack of a Palestinian state, which, as every State Dept. clerk knows, is in turn prevented by “settlements.” The same foreign experts also knew that Jewish settlements in Gaza were the obstacle to peace.

The Hamas rocket attacks on Sderot early Thursday were a chilling reminder of the price Israel paid to advance the “war process,” but President Obama, of course, saw the latest missile attacks as proof that Israel has to stop the settlements” in Judea and Samaria in order to make peace with the Arabs.

But President Obama did not force the issue too hard in the press conference in Ramallah. His failure to publicly demand that Israel withdraw to the 1967 borders was met with an unhappy face by Abbas. Virtually all media outlets headlined that Obama chickened out from demanding that Israel accept a building freeze.

But the president is too smart to cause a commotion when he wants calm. He spared no condemnation for settlements, which he said are illegal.

He was careful with his words and insisted that he came to the region to “listen” to Prime Minister Netanyahu and Abbas to understand what they steps will take to advance the “peace process.”

In other words, Israel better accept the tiniest of supposed compromise by Abbas, such as “unannounced” freeze, or risk war, which was the result of Israeli concessions in Clinton’s Oslo Accords, which was the result of Israeli concessions in Bush’s Roadmap Plan, and which was the result of Israel’s grandiose withdrawal from Gaza.

An “unannounced” settlement freeze may not come tonight or tomorrow, but if Abbas makes the “great compromise,” he will have crawled back into the arms of President Obama. He also will have returned to the old game of playing the card of compromise to win a no-compromise deal.

App Helps Israelis Seek Bomb Shelters

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Smartphone apps provide a wide range of services, including information and entertainment, but in Israel, the apps have another unique life-saving use – finding a bomb shelter.

Following the recent security-related tension in northern Israel as civil war rages in Syria, i-Apps, an Israeli Smartphone application development company, has updated its “Merkhav Mugan” [residential secure space] app to include all secure shelters throughout all of Israel.

The GPS-based app helps people fleeing from rocket fire to locate the closest bomb shelter or secure area, providing the fastest route to it. Updates from the emergency authorities are also provided in real time. The app enables anyone to add information about available shelters which are not yet listed on the app.

The app was first launched six months ago and provided service to the residents of southern Israel who were under the threat of rocket fire from Gaza. i-Apps received information from the municipalities on the location of shelters in the north and have updated the info on the existing app.

The idea was presented to i-Apps by two residents of Ashdod, who have learned the necessity of this life saving app first hand.

Rocket Attacks 8-9 a.m.

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

From personal messages received from family and friends, and from scanning the online sources – just in the past fifty minutes:

* Ashdod: Four separate rocket attacks in past twenty minutes [8:45am]] * Eshkol region: Damage to property is reported [8:40am] * Ashdod: Incoming Palestinian Arab missile warning [8:35am] Kiryat Malachi: Palestinian Arab rocket hits a residential neighbourhood, perhaps a school, perhaps other targets as well. Ynet says five injured,three of them severely [8:35am]. TOI is reporting that a four-storey building was demolished in the attack and people remain trapped inside the shattered structure. More details when we have them, but it sounds like a seriously bad outcome * Ashkelon: Two incoming Palestinian Arab rockets from Gaza intercepted in mid-air [8:30am] * Ofakim: School building is hit by incoming Gazan rocket during the night; no injuries [8:30am] * Ashdod: A residence is hit by a Palestinian Arab rocket; no injuries [8:25 am] * Gan Yavne: Volley of six rockets is fired at this residential neighbourhood [8:24 am] * Eshkol region – four more incoming rockets in one volley [8:15am] * Be’er Sheba: yet another incoming rocket, probably GRAD. No injuries. [8:15am] * Shafir region, near Kiryat Malachi: Rocket explodes in open area; no one hurt [8:05am] And on the Gazan side? We don’t know much beyond what the Hamas spinners want us to know. Since that’s notoriously unreliable, we can say what we know from Israeli sources, including Times of Israel. * More than a hundred separate sorties were carried out against terrorist targets in Gaza by IDF planes and other resources overnight. These included five rocket launching squads.

* This morning (time not certain), a Palestinian Arab motorcycle was spotted by the appropriate Israeli authorities in Gaza and identified as carrying a rocket. The rocket men, three of them, were permanently removed from the scene.

* The IDF via its air force has been distributing Arabic-language leaflets over Gaza this morning warning residents to keep far away from terrorist bases and weapons depots (the locals know exactly where they are). The message which is echoed by ordinary Israelis is that Palestinian Arab civilians, even those who hate us, are not the targets of the Israeli actions.

Times of Israel is reporting that very few Gazan Palestinian Arab Moslems heeded the call for dawn prayers today; the few vehicles seen on the roads were ambulances and media cars.

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